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London is always quieter in August and it seems as if the restaurant openings have taken a bit of a back seat too as there have only been a handful of openings this month. That said it’s quality over quantity and this month we have seen the opening of Leicester Square’s first rooftop terrace, a new Pergola in Olympia of all places and a 24 hour club in East London.

Hotel Indigo London - 1 Leicester Square

Leicester Square's 1st Rooftop Bar

Hotel Indigo can now say it is home to the only rooftop terrace in Leicester Square. The new terrace will give the best film premiere celeb-spotting from up-high, or provide some respite from bumping into people with shopping bag, in desperate search of a cocktail. Head there for sundowners, late-night drinking and a range of modern dishes as you take in the sweeping panorama of London.

Where: 1 Leicester Square, West End, WC2H 7NA

Pergola Olympia

Pergola Opens in Olympia

Before nightfall starts to hit us circa 3pm, it’s probably best to catch some last-min city views, and Pergola Olympia seem to be thinking the same, with the intro of their brand-new rooftop location. This botanical babe is sure to grab your attention, with “view goals”, seating for 500, three restaurants and, the important part, a huge open bar. For those amongst us who stumble desperately between cuisines, meandering between pizza and salad, you’ll have the option of CLAW the crustaceous eatery, Patty & Bun for burger-bandits and Passo for the pizza-pundits. To give credit where credit is due, winter isn’t all bad, often providing a velvet landscape of city lights, which is why you’ll be pleased to hear Pergola is open all-year round. It was about time Olympia had something and wasn’t just the place we ended up in when we had got the wrong tube.

Where: Level Five Rooftop, Olympia Car Park, Olympia Way, Kensington, W14 8UX


East London's 24 Hour Club

FOLD is a 24-hour dance floor, collectively run audio-visual performance space and studio (/glorified club) ready to make all of your electronic dreams come true. You can invite all your mates, because there’s a 600-boogier capacity and you don’t have to spend your night awash with fear of how to get home because the location benefits from 24-hour access to the Jubilee line and London Overground. What’s more, the building location means the sound system has freedom to let loose, meaning you wave goodbye to the problem of sound complaints.

Where: Gillian House, Stephenson Street, E16 4SA
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London's First Restaurant Dedicated to Avocado

Instagram, unicorns, matcha lattes and cactuses, nothing quite matches the ultimate millennial icon: the avocado. Yes, the humble avocado has found itself at the centre of all that is right and supposedly all that is wrong with us millennials. Anyway, why are we talking about avocado? Because London’s first restaurant dedicated to the fruit will be opening at this month and we’re feeling #blessed. Simply named, Avobar, the restaurant (filled with living plant walls and natural materials inspired by California) will be joining the likes of Frenchie, The Oystermen, Sticks & Sushi, Ollie Dabbous’ Henrietta and Flat Iron on Henrietta Street. The menu will include the Avo Bun Burger, shakshuka bowls and of course avocado on toast which you can either have on sourdough or sweet potato ‘toast’ with toppings including smashed avo served with a homemade coconut labneh and beetroot hummas with feta. You’ll be able to take away too, so you can eat your smashed avo in front of Netflix. Just remember to Instagram it, because of course phones eat first.

Where: 23-24 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 8ND

The Belrose

Belsize Park Gets a New Local

Belsize Park has a new local in the form of The Belrose pub, it will also serve up Italian-inspired food through the use of its big ol’ clay pizza oven. If you’re not quite ready to let go of your clasps on the sunshine, go and frolic in it at The Belroses’ adjoining garden…before we start to see the winter days of winter boots and trackies make a rather unwanted return. Alongside a sun-basking garden will be an on-site microbrewery to make all your beer dreams come true, so you’ll have a very hoppy life upon visiting. On the foodie front: pizzas will be the stars of the show with options including spicy Calabrian sausage and chilli, mozzarella di bufala with fresh Sicilian tomatoes and fresh black truffle with mozzarella. There will also be a range of small plates available for snacking on, or to accompany post-work/pre-party drinks. As well as a tasty house IPA brewed on-site, there will be a range of other drinks for your perusing pleasure, from natural wines, international beers and a range of cocktails, spirits and softs.

Where: 94 Haverstock Hill, NW3 2BD

Camillo Benso

New Kid on the Block in Mayfair

There’s a new kid on the Mayfair block, and we’re intrigued. Milan: best known as a fast-paced metropolis that champions a frilled frock, bold boot, and over-all some very coveted fashion. However, the food is also worth a sample and this is something restaurant Camillo Benso sure does recognise as it brings Milan’s dining style to Mayfair. Everything’s that bit more exciting with a bit of sibling rivalry thrown in though, which is why we’re interested to see how this new Milanese hot-spot will compare to big sister in Milan. If you haven’t tried Amaro yet, Camillo Benso will give you the perfect opportunity to do so. The Italian herbal liqueur will be just one of the drinks found amongst a conglomerate of cocktails.

Where: 8-10 Blenheim Street, Mayfair, W1S 1LJ